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Below is a family biography included in The History of Adams County, Illinois published by Murray, Williamson & Phelps in 1879.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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ROESCHLAUB, MICHAEL JOSEPH, Physician; residence 644 Jersey street; was born in the kingdom of Bavaria Feb. 2, 1806. He is the son of Dr. Andrew Roeschlaub, who was private medical counselor of the king, and Dean of the faculty of the University of Munich, where his son, M. J., was educated, graduating from the literary school in 1825, and received the degree of M. D. in medicine and surgery three years later. After four years’ practice in Munich he was appointed County Physician, which position he held until he resigned in 1845. Tired of the suppression of free speech, he came to America; settled first in Palmyra, Mo., and in January, 1840 came to Quincy, where he has since been prominently identified with the profession, and is now the oldest practicing physician in the city. He has been twice married. The only fruit of his first union, Andrew Roeschlaub, is still living. He married Margaret Sawers in Bavaria, Oct. 10, 1843. they have five children: Robert, Victoria H., Frank H., Henry F. and Jessie S.

The doctor is a fine type of the educated German; is an ornament alike to the profession and in society, to each of which he has dedicated over a half century of faithful service.

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This family biography is one of 1444 biographies included in The History of Adams County, Illinois published by Murray, Williamson & Phelps in 1879.  View the complete description here: The History of Adams County, Illinois

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